Inaugural Conference of the Internet and P2P Research Group

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From the organising team: (Athina Karatzogianni, Michel Bauwens, Majid Yar, George Michaelides)

(Please note this is a first informal draft, subject to further discussion and change.)


The Inaugural Conference of the Internet and P2P Research Group (IP2PRG) at the University of Hull

P2P@Hull 2010 Developing the Virtual Society: Conflict in Adoption of P2P Networks

26-28 March

Keynote speakers: Gabriella Coleman, author of Coding Freedom: Hacker Pleasure and the Ethics of Free and Open Source Software [Media, Culture, and Communication, NYU]

Mathieu O’Neill, author of Cyberchiefs. Autonomy and Authority in Online Tribes [Paris Sorbonne – Paris IV]

Public Keynote: TBA

Our plenary theme is ‘Developing the Virtual Society: Conflict in Adoption of P2P Networks’. As virtual society develops and peer technologies pump in its heart, this conference brings together academics of all disciplines to discuss conflict in the adoption of P2P networks. This is a time of confrontation between older forms of communication and organization and new ways of sharing, collaborating and acting collectively. We seek to explore the conflictual/adaptational tension between hierarchical institutions and p2p and the issues arising by adopting p2p in various movements and organizations.

We welcome suggestions for panels and papers on any area relating to our theme, and particularly in the following areas:

• P2P Network Theory • P2P and FLOSS adoption • Open source conflicts and forking • Adoption by NGOs and the developing world • Adoption by social movements, hacktivism, cyberconflict • Filesharing conflicts • Licensing Caveats

With your abstract of no more than 300 words please include the following information:

Name, postal address, email Institutional affiliation and position (if applicable)

Please send abstracts in Word or pdf format to the organisers at [email protected]

Provisional Deadline for abstracts: 15th January 2010